Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 2/28/13
The Portland Trail Blazers have a 2.8% chance of making the playoffs, according to basketball stat-nerd John Hollinger at ESPN.com. The Blazers best possible record is 46-36 and their worst is 27-55. Basketball-Reference.com doesn’t say much better. They have done 1,000 simulations of the remainder of the season. According to them, the Blazers have a 2.0% shot. Their best possible record is 45-37, while their worst is 29-53. What does this all mean? Well, from a Nate Silver-esque perspective, the Blazers will be watching the playoffs from their million dollar mansions. Not shocking, one bit. The Blazers, while having one of the better starting fives in the NBA, possess one of the worst benches. According to Hoopstats.com, their bench is last in the NBA in scoring (16.7), three-point shooting (27.3%), and field goal percentage (37.6%). The point differential during their time on the floor: losing by an average of 19.9 points. Ouch. No wonder the Blazers starting five have
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